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Buckaroo Breakfast

The Buckaroo Breakfast takes place Monday and Tuesday morning of Rodeo Week, 7 AM to 10 AM, at the Ford Idaho Center. $5 per ticket. The Nampa Chamber of Commerce started the Snake River Stampede’s Buckaroo breakfast in the 1950s as a community-wide event celebrating the start of the rodeo.

Thousands of volunteers and hours made the event successful, and in the late 1980s, the Nampa Chamber decided to grow the event from one day to multiple days. In the late 1990s, the event was also held on Saturday, but as one can imagine, volunteers proved to be getting thin at that point. In the early 2000s, the breakfast went to Saturday-only and it became a daylong activity for the Chamber. But five years ago when the volunteers waned again, the practice was dropped by the Chamber.

The Snake River Stampede board decided that breakfast was important enough to be revitalized and produced a Monday and Tuesday breakfast to start the rodeo week and get the community and surrounding area in the rodeo mood. The Canyon County 4-H program was asked to participate with their volunteers and a new breakfast tradition began. After operating expenses, 100% of the monies are given to the Canyon County 4-H Endowment Program. The endowment helps fund scholarships, teen conferences, as well as state and national events.

Over 300 volunteers from Canyon County 4-H – both adults and children – provide over 2000 combined hours volunteering, setting up, serving, and cleaning up.

The majority of supplies for the breakfast are donated.

No leftover food product is wasted. Paper products are inventoried and stored for next year. Leftover juice is donated to the Boys and Girls Club, eggs are given to the Salvation Army food store, with the understanding the product was donated by generous sponsors.

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